Proper Tire Maintenance Tips

In order to properly care for your vehicle, it is important not to overlook one of the most important parts of the car, the tires. The tires are what support your car, and without proper maintenance the tires may cause trouble in your future. Lets first touch on the wear and tear.

  • Under-inflated tires– you may notice that if your tires are in fact under inflated, they will have extreme wear on the outside of the tire. By leaving your tires under inflated you lose some of your fuel efficiency and cause excessive heat build up. The biggest reason people under- inflate is to create a softer ride.
  • Over- inflated tires– when you notice that a tire has most of its wear in the center, this is from the tire being too inflated. The biggest reason people over inflate is to improve mileage, however; over inflated tires can lead to blows on the highways. A way to keep your inflation down is always check the tire for the maximum tire pressure. Checking tire pressure is done by using a gauge,and should be checked monthly.

Lets move on to the next topic…protecting your tires!

  • By cleaning your tires you are also protecting against long term damage from UV light waves and the ozone.
  • UV light waves and the ozone are what attack the hydrocarbon chains of the rubber, breaking bonds and shortening molecules. The end result is a loss of elasticity in the rubber, thus making the tire more susceptible to wear and tear.
  • Tire manufactures add a protectant, carbon black, to your car to help prevent these harmful waves. This is why your tires only come in black and not other colors of your choosing.

Hope these tips help you realize the importance of caring for your tires. Let us know if you have any questions or have any other ideas for caring for your tires. We would love to hear what you have to say!

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